TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The mother of a 13-year-old girl allegedly raped at a Tulsa megachurch is suing the church for waiting two weeks to report the allegation.
The lawsuit - first reported by the Tulsa World - filed Friday in Tulsa County District Court alleges that Victory Christian Center officials tried to conceal the allegation in an effort at "damage control." It seeks more than $75,000.
Former church employee Chris Denman is charged with raping the girl before a church service Aug. 13.
He has pleaded not guilty. Five other employees are charged with failing to report the allegation.
A church spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The church said in a previous statement that its employees failed to follow a written policy requiring allegations of abuse to be reported.